Becca Lowry, ‘Rise’, 2014, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

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Becca Lowry describes her work in a recent statement, “these pieces are built to protect. They are shields, force fields, and talismans, each custom-made to safeguard against a particular threat: One will ward off an impending storm, another will scatter daemons, a third will hold tight to your heart while you do something ridiculously, recklessly brave. They’re not meant to be aggressive exactly – the pointy edges are more like the decorative fringe of a headdress than they are the tip of a spear. I think, instead, they’re meant to hold a person up, to bolster strength and resolution in a moment of great uncertainty. And then, when the coast is most certainly clear, they should be hung, quietly, carefully, back on the wall. If I could make a shield for everyone in the world I would. And if these shields actually worked - if, like spiderman’s suit, they fused to the body of the vulnerable and awakened superhuman strength and courage, - if there were actually something that I could build to give a kid wings, to amplify a small voice, to distill anger into forgiveness, then I would be obliged, and you would be obliged, to stop whatever it is we’re doing right now and mass-produce these things.”

Solo Exhibitions
March 2015 Surfer’s Delight, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven CT,
Feb 2014 Enrico Riley: Recent Work, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
Feb 2013 Portable Vision, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Oct 2012 Portable Vision, Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College
July 2012 Nonthropology, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
April 2012 The Open Window, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
May 2012 Around The Kitchen Table, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Sept 2011 Enrico Riley: Works on Paper, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX
Sept 2009 Enrico Riley, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College
Sept 2009 Stars and Constellations, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
April 2008 Golden Cup, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
July 2004 Sounding Silence, The Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Two and Three Person Exhibitions
Nov 2005 Polar/Solar, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Sept 2003 Lone Wolf Recital Corps Performance, Faulkner Recital Hall, Dartmouth College
April 2003 Enrico Riley and Kevin Strickland, Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA
August 1998 Cultural Expressions in Art, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia,Richmond, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions
Oct 2015 Walk the Line, Pagus Projects, Norristown, PA
Sept 2015 “Giant Steps” displayed as part of permanent collection at Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond VA
Sept 2015 The Abstract Body, Sharon Arts Center Gallery, Peterborough, NH
Aug 2015 Faculty Show, New Hampshire Institute for the Arts, Manchester, NH
Aug 2015 Prime Matter, Teckningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden
Jan 2015 About Face: Contemporary Self-Portraiture, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
Dec 2014 “Fusion: Art of the 21st Century, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Oct 2014 Prime Matter, SenaSpace Gallery, New York, New York
July 2014 Summer Cut, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX
June 2014 Beyond Measure, SEABA Gallery Burlington, VT
Jan 2014 Simply Drawn: Gifts to the Columbus Museum from the Collection of Wynn Kramarsky, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Georgia
July 2013 Mostly White, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
May 2012 The Figure, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX
April 2012 FountainHead, The Art Foundation, Dallas, TX
March 2012 SCOPE International Art Show, New York, NY
Sept 2011 Summer Paper, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
Nov 2010 Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Sept 2010 On Paper: Painted, Printed, Jill Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY
July 2010 Mirage, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO
Jan 2009 Rag and Bone, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Sept 2007 Color as Structure: Structure as Color, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
July 2007 The Grid, Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY
March 2006 Rhythmic Brushwork, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
Dec 2005 The Ending of the Beginning:Our First Twelve, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 2005 Rhythmic Brushwork,The Karl Drerup Art Gallery,Plymouth State University,Plymouth,NH
Aug 2005 Rhythmic Brushwork, Museum for the National Center of Afro-American Arts, Roxbury, MA
Dec 2004 Rhythmic Brushwork, Skylight Gallery, New York, NY
May 2004 Ceremonial Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
March 2004 Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
July 2000 Black & White, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1996 – 1998 MFA: Painting Yale School of Art
1991 – 1995 BA: Visual Studies Dartmouth College

Grants and Awards
2013 Jacobus Family Fellowship, Dartmouth College
2009 – 2012 Walter and Constance Burke Research Award, Dartmouth College
April 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
May 2004 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize
July 2000 Paul Harper Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowship
1996 – 1998 Phillip Morris Fellowship
1997 Schollkopf Traveling Prize, Yale School of Art
1995 – 1996 Visual Studies Internship, Dartmouth College
1995 Afro-American Society Award for Academic Excellence, Dartmouth
1995 High Honors and Academic Citations in Visual Studies, Dartmouth
1994 Mellon Fellowship Finalist

August 2013 Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
June 2001 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT
July 2000 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

About Becca Lowry

New Haven, Connecticut-based artist Becca Lowry creates elaborate mixed-media works combining carved and collaged wood, oil and spray paint. Situated somewhere between sculpture and painting, the works have a three-dimensional quality that is intended to make them feel like precious objects. “As humans we have a tendency to hold on to special things,” Lowry says. “We collect objects that have particular meaning to us, we guard beautiful memories as best we can, we return to places that feel like home.” She explores similar themes in works on paper, by creating pastel rubbings from her more sculptural works.